Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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That's not an invention. And the critical difference is in whether it's patentable or not. That's why only unique and non trivial things should be patentable, otherwise you'll have to pay for any kind of incremental improvement in technology.

So you're saying it's fine to copy as long as you don't change too much?

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